Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
From afar drawing nigh,
Falls the night.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
Born: September 18, 1949 at Brown City, MI
Service in the US Marine Corps from Saint Clair, MI
18, 1968 at the age of 18
The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism
September 18, 1968 at Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Class Williams was a member of a combat patrol sent out from the
platoon with the mission of establishing positions in the
company's area of operations, from which it could intercept and
destroy enemy sniper teams operating in the area. In the night
as the patrol was preparing to move from its daylight position
to a pre-selected night position, it was attacked from ambush by
a squad of enemy using small arms and hand grenades. Although
severely wounded in the back by the close intense fire, PFC
Williams, recognizing the danger to the patrol, immediately
began to crawl forward toward a good firing position. While he
was moving he heard one of the members of the patrol sound the
alert that an enemy grenade had landed in their position.
Reacting instantly he saw that the grenade had landed close to
where he was lying and without hesitation, in a valiant act of
heroism, rolled on top of the grenade as it exploded, absorbing
the full and impact of the explosion with his body. Through his
inspiring valor in the face of certain death, he saved the other
members of his patrol from serious injury and possible loss of
life, and enabled them to successfully defeat the attackers and
hold their position until assistance arrived.